Societies and ecosystems are interdependent, but they are often analyzed separately and managed as if they were distinct systems. The Arctic Resilience Report (ARR), an Arctic Council project, analyzes the resilience of these closely coupled social-ecological systems.

The ARR aims to:

  1. Identify the potential for shocks and large shifts in ecosystem services that affect human well-being in the Arctic.
  2. Analyze how different drivers of change interact in ways that affect the ability of ecosystems and human populations to withstand shocks, adapt or transform.
  3. Evaluate strategies for adaptation and transformation in the face of rapid change.

The first phase of the project (November 2011 – May 2013) focused on developing a methodological framework and addressing the first two aims. Its results are presented in the Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013; the second phase will be completed in May 2015. This summary presents seven key messages from the first phase of the ARR.

Download the Summary for Policy-makers (PDF, 1.24MB)

Please cite as: Arctic Council (2013). Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013. Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, pp. ix–xii.